SET4ANU program

SET4ANU is an orientation program designed to help new students make the transition to life at the Australian National University. This is achieved by pairing new students with a later year student volunteer, referred to as SET4ANU Orientation Leaders (SOLs). The SOL helps new students adapt to university life, access campus resources and shares their knowledge about ANU.

What can SET4ANU do for you?

Throughout the 3 week duration of the program, your SET4ANU Orientation Leader can help you:

  • Learn about the ANU campus and the surrounding Canberra area
  • Learn about the support services available to students at the ANU
  • Learn how to navigate various ANU administrative and online systems
  • Learn about the various clubs and societies on campus and how to access university facilities
  • Meet other new students and network with people from your Academic College.

They also act as a contact person for any general questions or concerns you might have and if they don't have the answers, they'll help you find them!

SET4ANU Orientation Leaders are unable to provide any academic tutoring or advice. They can give general advice about learning at university but for course-specific academic advice please see the college academic advisors or the course convenor or tutors.

Applications to be a SET4ANU program participant in Semester 2 2018 OPEN 31st May.

New Students: Apply for an Orientation Leader


Volunteering as an Orientation Leader

A SET4ANU Orientation Leader (SOL) is a later year student who acts as a facilitator for a small group of new students. As a SOL you are expected to assist new students by providing basic advice; answering questions; assisting them to build social and academic networks; being a contact point for assistance; and referring them to appropriate ANU services where necessary.

As a SET4ANU Orientation Leader (SOL) you:

  • Work to develop key employability skills
  • Interact and network with new students, other SOLs and ANU staff
  • Receive a certificate of appreciation from the university
  • Receive volunteer hours that count towards the ANU+ program

You also have the potential to make a profound difference in the lives of your new students by helping them through their transition to life at the ANU.


Eligibility to be a SET4ANU Orientation Leader (SOL) is as follows:

  1. All Undergraduate and Graduate students must be in their second semester of study at ANU.
  2. Be in Canberra by the Monday of the Orientation Week of the semester they are volunteering for. If you will not be at the university by then, you will not be able to be a SOL.
  3. Respect and uphold the University's equity and diversity policies.
  4. An interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  5. SOL's are required to hold and maintain a minimum credit average.
  6. To have a functional email address and regularly check for messages as SET4ANU information and students details are disseminated via email.
  7. New SOLs are required to complete training which consists of two online training modules and attendance at a compulsory face to face training session. Returning SOLs need not undergo training again but must still lodge an application online.

Training dates for the Semester 2 2018 program are as follows:

  • Undergraduates and Postgraduates - Wednesday 6th June 2018 10:30am-12:00pm (Venue: HA G052)
  • Undergraduates - Tuesday 3rd July 2018 10:30am-12:00pm (Venue: HA G052)
  • Postgraduates - Wednesday 4th July 2018 10:30am-12:00pm (Venue: HA G052)

Applications to be a SET4ANU Orientation Leader for Semester 2 2018 OPEN 31st May.

Apply now to be a SET4ANU Orientation Leader